Official poker rules are those that are required to be followed by all players at the table. This is a good thing as it protects the integrity of the game. It also makes it faster and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Poker is a card game where players try to make the best five-card poker hand from any combination of two hole cards and five community cards. Each player is dealt a series of three cards (the flop) and later one card (the turn).
The flop is an important part of the game because it allows players to see their hand. It is also the first stage of the betting interval, during which players can choose to fold, call (match the amount of the previous bet), bet or raise.
If a player folds their hand without showing it, they are called a “no show”. A no show is considered to be breaking poker rules and will result in them losing the pot.
In live poker, a dealer or floor manager can immediately rule on if a player has broken poker rules. They can even rule on things like peeking at another player’s hole cards.
However, this is much harder to enforce in live poker than online as it’s more of a subjective ruling. For example, it’s difficult to prove that Ali Imsirovic peeked at Paul Phua’s hole cards in April, as this was more a case of gamesmanship than breaking poker rules.